Crime & the Law

Westminster Police release CCTV video and stills of man they wish to interview in relation to hunt for Burger King ‘flasher’

Man detectives in Westminster would like to interview in relation to alleged indecent exposure in Burger King, Paddington. Image: Met Police

Man detectives in Westminster would like to interview in relation to alleged indecent exposure in Burger King, Paddington. Image: Met Police

Police in Westminster are investigating a series of allegations of indecent exposure and false imprisonment at a fast food restaurant in Paddington.

They’ve released CCTV footage of a man they ‘would like to speak to’ in connection with the incidents.

Officers are also appealing for the latest victim to contact them and witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward.

Alleged crimes

The latest incident took place Saturday, 16th May at around 9.45 pm at the Burger King on Praed Street in W2.

A woman, believed to be in her 30s, complained to staff that there was a man in the women’s toilets who exposed himself and made sexually indecent gestures towards her.

She said he’d followed her out of the toilets and down the stairs but had left through the fire exit on the first floor.

This victim left the venue before speaking to police and officers are appealing for her to contact them.

Two previous incidents that occurred at the same venue have also been reported.

The first took place on Sunday, 22nd March around 9.30 pm.

The second was on Wednesday, 15th April, at approximately 6.30 pm.

In both incidents the victims were 16-year-old girls and both were prevented from exiting a cubicle.

They were subjected to the suspect exposing himself and making sexually indecent gestures.

In both incidents the suspect exited via the fire exit on the first floor.

The investigating team believes the suspect from all three incidents is the same person.

Detailed Description

He is described as a white man with short black hair, aged between 30-35 years-old, around 5ft 11ins tall with a stocky build and believed to be of eastern European origin.

At the time of the third incident he was reportedly wearing a blue jacket with blue jeans, dark coloured shoes and was carrying a black bag.

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Analysis by detective in charge of inquiry

Trainee Detective Constable David Roberts, from Westminster’s serious crimes unit said:

We are releasing CCTV footage of the man in connection to this incident and are asking for the victim as well as witnesses to come forward.

This type of crime is very upsetting for the victims; I am keen for anyone with information to please come forward. We will investigate every lead.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Westminster police’s CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If the suspect is seen please dial 999 immediately.

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